My life at present could be summarized with the following: Loving Brazil, Missing New York. If that’s enough for you, then you’re done here. Otherwise, read on.
Currently residing in the city of Uberlândia (Brazil) and working as a Product Manager with The Loop, previous roles included Senior Technical Product Manager with Scholastic and Project Manager for Wired.com (both out of offices in New York). I specialize in online publishing and digital media, have startup experience and hold the PMP and ITIL-f certifications. Ruby is my programming language of choice, though I'm not dogmatic about it nor would I be considered a full-fledged developer in this or any language.
Aside from an strong interest in virtually everything related to Brazil, I tend to focus on the topics of community building, social justice and technology. In fact, I am particularly interested in finding the intersection of these areas and working there. This being the case, here in Brazil I’m volunteering as project lead to launch a journalism program with accompanying news site through Projetos Sociais Estação Vida, an NGO located in the city of Uberlândia. Through a community development strategy that includes tech education, I believe life can be enriched and new opportunities opened up for young people in under-resourced neighborhoods.
My wife and children are Brazilian-American, and this time in Brazil is allowing us to reconnect with their family and cultural roots. From prior visits to Brazil, including visits while in the university as well as a stint teaching English and doing mission work from 2001 to 2003, I speak Brazilian Portuguese fluently. You'll see posts on this blog in that language from time to time.
As for education, I have a Bachelor of Ministry from Harding University. You don’t have to go very far back in this blog to find posts of a theological nature. These days I prefer a more humanistic approach to thought and life, and this is reflected in some of what I write.
If your company is looking to expand its web presence into Brazil, or you're looking for offshore designers/developers, contact me. I’d be glad to put you in touch with the right people.
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